Chicken Tava from Turkey Recipe -
Chicken Tava from Turkey Recipe
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Chicken Tava from Turkey

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"The traditional Turkish Chicken Tava that you loved so well from the Adana area."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 30 mins

    1 hr 50 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Trickle 1 tablespoon olive oil in the bottom of a roasting pan. Arrange chicken thighs in the pan. Mix the tomato paste and water, and spread over the chicken. Place garlic clove halves in the pan. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Arrange potatoes, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and pepperoncini over the chicken. Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon olive oil.
  3. Bake 1 1/2 hours in the preheated oven, until vegetables are tender and chicken juices run clear. Periodically pour a little water into the pan if it starts to get dry.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 18, 2006

To make this recipe work, you really must have the red pepper paste instead of the tomato paste. It is a spicy paste with a very unique flavor available at specialty food stores and ethnic food markets. Also, I think it's better when the garlic is crushed and use 1 onion.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 16, 2005

No, this was not worth the effort. Was not impressed at all. Won't make again.


21 Ratings

Jun 16, 2009

This was very good! After living in Turkey for two years, I have been searching for a good recipe to recreate the tava we ate there. I omitted the potatoes altogether. That was the way I ate it there, so after reading the reviews I figured I wouldn't even fuss with them. I also replaced the tomatoes with two cans of regular rotel. I topped the dish with some shredded mozzarella for the last 15 minutes - yum! Serve over or with rice... The end result was very similar to what I remember! Thanks for the recipe!

Dec 07, 2006

ok, I thought I could pull this off with boneless chicken breasts (we don't care for thighs), and found that the potatoes just wouldn't get done along with the chicken. I pulled the chicken out, and kept cooking the vegetables up to the designated 1 1/2 hours, but then the potatoes still weren't completely done. However, the taste was excellent, the chicken came out perfect,my husband and I both loved it. Didn't feel like extra spices were needed, I was glad I didn't "tweak" it any. I will experiment next time, maybe pre-cook the potatoes a bit, because this is well worth it! Thanks for the post.

Nov 24, 2006

I have made this several times and its great!You might want to add a can of Rotel to this to spicen it up, thats the only thing I have found so far that makes this taste the same as when I used to eat this in Adana Turkey. You can even add Squash to it and anything else.

Nov 11, 2008

I used pepper paste as another person suggested, plus added the turkish spice, pul biber (crushed red pepper) and some cumin. My Turkish husband loved it!

Feb 24, 2010

I was stationed in Turkey for 17 months while in the Airforce. This recipe is the closest to Chicken Tava that I've ever been able to find. It's honestly delicious. I find it tastes best when I use crushed red pepper, combine oregano with the tomato paste, and exclude the potatoes and pepperoncinis. I also dice the garlic. When we're feeling lazy, we use stewed canned tomatoes to speed up the prep time, and I always have the tomatoes chopped up as much as possible since I'm texture picky. All in all, great food, and a super easy dish for kids to help prepare.

May 05, 2007

I loved this dish. Some people had problems cooking the vegetables through, so I made sure to cut things up in smaller pieces. I also added a can of Roto. It was delicious.


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  • Calories
  • 316 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • 20%
  • Fat
  • 13.7 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 4.7 g
  • 19%
  • Protein
  • 20.4 g
  • 41%
  • Sodium
  • 823 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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